“All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my trouble and obstacles, have strengthen me . . . You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.” – Walt Disney

Stop for a moment and think . . . think about a time in your life when you faced a challenge or experience failure. There have been many failures in my life; I have made innumerable mistakes. In reflection, each failure has provided valuable lessons; each mistake has opened my eyes. I’ve identified my own weaknesses, I’ve battled my own inner-demons. Life is a battle to live Above the Line each and every day.

Our journey is littered by troubles and obstacles. We are measured by what we’ve learned and overcome. We are dreamers . . . and some of those dreams have faded into only memories. We have imagined parts of a future that has only paled in comparison to our mind’s eye. Here’s the thing . . . those unrealized dreams have shaped our minds. Our imagination has led to deeper thoughts and important self-talk. We are better because of our dreams; we are more productive due to our imagination.

Never permit yourself to accept failure. Never get kicked in the teeth and stay down – get back up! Learn from the better Angels in your life . . . embrace the obstacles as lessons . . . be open to every event as an opportunity to learn and grow. Life’s a journey . . . we are on it together. It isn’t easy, but we have faith, we continue to have hope, and we continue to love and support one another.




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